Office Clean Up: Overcoming the After Party Clean Up Blues
Make Your Office Cleanup Easy and Enjoy the After Party
Celebrating the season with your co-workers is a fun tradition for companies big and small. And while there is often a lot of time spent on planning the end-of-year festivities, the office party clean up is often a task that is overlooked. If you’re in charge if this year’s office holiday party, we have some tips that will make the cleanup easy and allow you to enjoy yourself during and AFTER the party.
The best way to ensure your conference room isn’t a wreck after the office party is to start with a clean space. Hire a professional cleaning company to come in and give your office a quick clean. Our “Jungle” cleaning service was actually created to help companies prepare—and clean up after—special events such as a holiday party or networking event
Start Cleaning during the Party
Your after-party cleanup will go much quicker if you start doing a little pick up before the last employee leaves. According to a post from Walmart.com, this task serves three purposes. “One, it sends a quiet signal to guests that the party is winding down. Second, it will most likely spur some guests to offer to help. Thirdly, of course, it gets the cleanup underway so there is less to do after the guests leave.”
Make It Easy for Others to Cleanup
Place empty trays throughout the party where people can put their dirty dishes when they are finished, taking full trays to the company kitchen. Make sure there are trash receptacles and recycling bins located in areas where disposables will be used such as the bar and buffet. Double- or triple-line the trash cans, so there is always a clean bag once a full bag is removed.
Keep Cleaning Tools Handy
Keep an eco-friendly cleaner such as our Ecospirit All-Purpose Cleaner in the office kitchen so you can easily grab it for spills as needed. You may want to stock your kitchen with white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice—all great natural stain removers—so stains do not set in on furniture or floors. Also consider having a hand vacuum and/or broom nearby to catch fallen food before it gets crushed into the carpet.
Focus on the Essentials
Just as you would with a home party cleanup, focus on the big items right away. Pick up food and drinks, pre-treat stains and let them soak, store leftovers in containers in the company fridge (make sure people will be there the next day to eat them—leaving food in the fridge for several days is never a good idea), wash plates and glasses, take out trash and recycling and gather up items such as decorations in one area so you can put them away in the morning.
Talk to us: Are you having an office party this year? We would love to hear your plans for throwing a company-wide holiday shindig.